""Ranger Bill, Warrior of the Woodland, struggling against extreme odds, traveling dangerous trails, fighting the many enemies of nature. This is the job of the guardian of the forest, Ranger Bill. Pouring rain, freezing cold, blistering heat, snows, floods, bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions. Yes, all this in exchange for the satisfaction and pride of a job well done." That was the opening of Ranger Bill, a Christian radio adventure serial produced under the auspices of the Moody Broadcasting Network and the Moody Bible Institute. There were 206 episodes of Ranger Bill, which ran from 1950 to 1954 in a 15-minute format on WMBI in Chicago, and in syndication as a 30-minute show from 1954 to 1962.
The series followed the adventures of Park Ranger Bill Jefferson. Miron Canaday starred as Bill, the chief forest ranger in the small Rocky Mountain town of Knotty Pine, where the former US Marine lived with his mother. Ranger Bill was your standard radio hero, a paragon of fitness and virtue who could resolve nearly any situation. Ranger Bill and his friends were faced with many situations to solve over the years, from the mundane, like finding lost kids or investigating the problems racing boats were causing on the lake, to the fantastic, including several elephant attacks, spacemen apparently coming from a meteor and trying to find a lost treasure in the Amazon, all the while stressing positive Christian values for young people.
Friends that figured prominently in Bill's adventures included Stumpy Jenkins, an eagle-eyed ranger known for his marksmanship and often called "the Old Timer"; Henry Scott, Bill's teenage ward, was learning the ways of the woods by helping out Bill in the park, along with young ranger Ralph Carpenter; and Gray Wolf, a ranger and a member of the Dakota tribe. Gray Wolf spoke in the typical broken English for the era and genre, but knew how to use the traditional ways of his people and modern forest management methods to help Bill protect the woods. The first episode introduced Bill's boss, Colonel Anders, who sent Bill and Henry to blow up the Pine Ridge Dam in order to stop a forest fire threatening the Pendleton Valley.
The program is still broadcast on the Children's Sonshine Network and on His Kids Radio, both on regional radio stations and internet simulcasts, along with several other similarly Christian-themed programs.
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March 18, 2021 Subject:
This is one of the radio drama series targeted for young boys (primarily) from the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. I loved this series as a kid and it is really great that it is available again!
There was another series from the same producers, also for young boys (primarily) called "Sailor Sam!" I would love to hear that series as well, if anybody has copies!!
January 4, 2020 Subject:
Not happy with audio controls
There is no way to fast forward. While listening on my Bluetooth speaker, a family member moved my cell phone and accidentally backed up the webpage to a previous page. When I got back to the audio recording I found no way to fast forward to the point I was at. Very frustrating as I was 25 min in to a 30 minute radio show.
April 23, 2017 Subject:
Yes it is a wonderful feeling to know that you have put your faith in something worth while. And that is " THE GOSPEL".
1st Corinthians 15v1-4,KJV. The Apostle Paul speaking here in chapter 15, and also Romans 2v16 will support that verse.
Know what you believe for salvation. God Bless You All
December 20, 2016 Subject:
WCHR in Philadelphia used to broadcast this, along with a few other shows (like Critter County and Fables of Faith). This brought back a flood of memories.
Thank you so much for letting me relive my childhood for a few moments!
March 11, 2016 Subject:
I found this by chance I love this .having faith is a wonderful feeling.
October 25, 2013 Subject:
The Best Faith Based Fictional Program
I remember this show being on Saturday mornings while I was a kid of the late 70's and early 80's. It didn't matter to me that it was a "Christian" show only that it was a good one. As an adventure loving boy I was intrigued by the stories and it is the same still today.